08 February, 2011

Baking with Betty: Rice Krispie Valentines

I'm also so over the cupcake trend (yes, they're cute and tasty but I'm moving on).  I've been reading a lot of blogs that do cake pops or decorator cookies, but have been in the mood for something original and fresh.  I've had this idea for a while but was waiting for some free time to work on them. So here's what's been rolling around in my head as an adorable, delicious treat:  decorated rice krispie treats.  mmmmm.








Recipe:
After playing around with ratios of marshmallow and rice krispie, and the temperature to cut the treats, I decided that the ratio on the box is best.  If anything, use a few more marshmallows or a little less on the rice krispies.  But the tried and true recipe is the best.  Duh. Follow the directions to make and mold the treats.

Shapes:
I used a Calphlon "bars" sized baking sheet lined with parchment.  I poured about 2/3 of the mix to fill that.  I then used a second piece of parchment to smooth and flatted the mixture until it was smooth.  I let this sit until it was almost cooled.  At that point I transfered the treats to a flat surface and used cookie cutters to stamp out the hearts.  I had to clean the cookie cutters after every 2 or 3 cuts.

I also used a silicon baking mold to make the thicker hearts that I put on a stick.
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
To make these I actually reheated scraps from the cookie cutter hearts by throwing them into the pan on low heat just long enough to make them mushy again.  I "mashed" them into the mold with my fingers to make a denser treat.  I found this method to work better than when I poured the remaining 1/3 of the mix left over from the bar ban.  Those were not very dense and still too hot to really mold and settle in to the cups.

Wilton Red Candy Melts
Decoration:
I have a hard time working with frosting. I can never get it to be the right consistency.   Over Christmas I used some chocolate specially made for candy coating and I really liked working with it. So for these Valentine's I thought I'd try those Wilton Candy Melts.  They were even on sale at Michaels :)


I used disposable Wilton frosting bags to put the melted candy in (don't melt the candy IN the bags!!), and then a #4 and #5 frosting tip (they're the writing or piping tips).

I also used some non-perils that I got really cheap at a Crate & Barrel sale.



And the finished product, ready to woo my co-workers



Would love to hear from you if you try this or have your own tips on decorated rice krispie treats!

Happy Valentine's Day!


1 comment:

  1. This is definitely one of my favorite recipes you've done! These are so cute, E! We should have a girl's baking day soon and you can teach me some of your creative ways! I love this! Please keep it up!

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